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IPSE Seminars

On this page , you can find details of current IPSE seminars, the Jean Monnet lecture series, the Research Student Seminars and one off lectures and seminars.

For details of Previous IPSE Seminars, please click here.

Professor Jayne Osgood Inaugural Lecture

Professor Jayne Osgood's inaugural lecture took place on Thursday 20th March to a packed audience.  The lecture looked at: '(Re)-Assembling Transformations of Class & Gender: Respectable Becomings through/within Early Childhood Education'. Jayne was introduced by Professor John Gabriel.  For slides and photos of the event, please see our facebook page

Professor Jayne Osgood Inaugural Lecture Youtube link


IPSE Dialogues: Seminar 2: Space for Creativity in the Curriculum

This second seminar in the IPSE Dialogues Series took place on 3rd March 2014 and focused on ‘Creativity in the Curriculum’. The seminar included presentations from Andrew McCallum (English and Media Centre): ‘Who gets to be creative in the class?’
and Dr Douglas Lonie (Youth Music): ‘Cultural hegemony and music education-'valid' musicality inside and outside the classroom’. 

With a panel response from Joe Hallgarten (Royal Society of Arts), Sam Cairns (Cultural Learning Alliance) and Dr. Anna Hickey-Moody (Goldsmiths).

To see videos from the event, please click below:


IPSE Dialogues: Seminar 1: Debating Academies in the Academy:
The Brave New World of Schooling

Debating Academies in the Academy: The brave new world of schooling

On Tuesday 1st October the Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) at London Metropolitan University launched its new seminar series: IPSE Dialogues.

You can listen to the Debating Academies Podcasts here:

Debating Academies_01.mp3

Debating Academies_02.mp3

Debating Academies_03.mp3

As the name suggests the seminars intend to generate lively dialogue between a range of key stakeholders on an educational  ‘hot topic’. The first seminar took the growing proliferation of academies in our schooling system as its focus.  Since the growth of academies is surrounded by controversy and dissention the aim of the seminar (to generate lively debate) was more than achieved.  A range of stakeholders, from diverse organisations (opposed to and in favour of academies) embraced the invitation to dissect, trouble and explore the implications of the academisation of our schooling system.

The seminar was chaired by Professor Jayne Osgood and papers were given by Professor Becky Francis (Kings College London) and Professor Merryn Hutchings (Emeritus, London Metropolitan) who presented findings from their respective research studies (Academies Commission Report, Evaluation of the City Challenge Programme  and a review of the impact of the London Challenge (2003–8) and the City Challenge (2008–11) Ofsted Report) around the issues of school improvement, effectiveness and academies.

The speakers were accompanied by a panel of key stakeholders each of whom holds a particular position in relation to the growth of academies. The panel comprised Bill Watkin from Specialist Schools & Academies Trust; with over 20 years teaching experience in South London Schools Bill began working with SSAT on curriculum design but has, since 2006 focused his energies on supporting the development of Academies through a range of support, induction, training and networking activities. He was joined by Clare Collins from the National Governors Association, with over 20 years experience of chairing governing bodies across the range of schools including a Multi Academy Trust Clare is currently Lead Consultant at the NGA, she chaired the organisation from 2008-11 and continues as a member of the NGA Policy Committee, she now leads the development of NGAs consultancy and training service.

Other panellists included Alasdair Smith from the Anti Academies Alliance and Fiona Millar from The Local Schools Network. Alasdair is a teacher, parent and education campaigner. He is also National Secretary of the Anti-Academies Alliance – a campaigning body set up in 2005 to bring together the concerns unions, parents, pupils, teachers, councillors and MPs hold about the privatisation of education through the increase of academies.

Fiona Millar - a well-known writer and journalist currently writing for Education Guardian, has written extensively about a range of educational matters . She was special adviser to Tony Blair during his term in office as Prime Minister. She has been active in supporting and promoting a range of organisations from the Family Parenting Institute to Comprehensive Future. She was confounder of Local Schools Network which actively campaigns for local state schooling.

Each panellist was asked to prepare a brief response to the position papers from which point the floor was opened up to the audience, and a lively and wide ranging debate was generated.  The seminar created a space for critical debate, an opportunity to trouble received wisdom about educational policy, practice and its implications for social justice; and importantly to open up dialogue across professional, personal and political boundaries.


JEAN MONNET LECTURE SERIES: Border Crossings, Moving Borders,
Prof Alistair Ross (Jean Monnet ad personam professor)

As part of his Jean Monnet personal Chair activities, Professor Alistair Ross is making a study of how young people of secondary school age are constructing their personal identities, and becoming aware of their actual or potential European citizenship.  It focuses on two groups of countries: some that have recently joined the European Union and the four candidate countries.

A series of focus groups with young people between 12 and 18 in each country are used to examine the various aspirations and identities being constructed and used.  Each country has either ‘crossed the border’ into the European Union, or is about to do so. How do they view Europe, and the potential for their role within it?  Is this different from the views of their parents, their teachers? Does education have a particular role to play in helping them develop these identities?  This study is planned over three years, to 2012.



Young Identities in the Baltic

14th February 2011

Changing constructions of identities among Turkish young people

15th June 2011

Young Peoples’ Identities in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary

26th October 2011

European Islands: similarities and differences in young people’s constructions of identities in Iceland and Cyprus. 

12th January 2012

Young people's identities in Romania

20th June 2012

Young people's constructions of identity in Bulgaria

11th December 2012

Young people's constructions of identity in Slovenia- Lecture by Prof Alistair Ross

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Jean Monnet Lecture Series: 'Young people's constructions of identity in Slovenia'.
Jean Monnet Lecture Series: 'Young people's constructions of identity in Slovenia'.

'Balkan and European? Young people constructing identities in Croatia' Lecture by Prof Alistair Ross

Tuesday 2nd July 2013

Jean Monnet Lecture Series: 'Young people's constructions of identity in Slovenia'.
Jean Monnet Lecture Series: 'Balkan and European? Young people constructing identities in Croatia'.

Macedonian Young People: Constructing Identities in a Contested Country

Tuesday 25 March 2014

Jean Monnet Lecture Series: 'Young people's constructions of identity in Slovenia'.





Kaleidoscopic identities: Young people constructing themselves in the New Europe

Jean Monnet Lecture Series: 'Young people's constructions of identity in Slovenia'.

The final lecture in the Jean Monnet Lecture Series: Border Crossings, Moving Borders by Prof Alistair Ross will bring together findings from the fifteen countries in this study – all the countries that have joined the European Union between 2004 and 2013, and the Candidate Countries of Turkey, Iceland and Macedonia.  How do young people in these countries see themselves and their relationship to their country and to Europe?

The study has involved 150 focus groups, with nearly a thousand young people between 11 and 19.  This lecture suggests that identities are being constructed as though using a kaleidoscope: the same elements are thrown into different patterns depending on the nature of the lens, the cultural filters, and the angles of the contrasts and comparisons that are being contingently employed.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday 3rd June at 5.30pm in Room T1-20, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB.

To book your place, please click here: Jean Monnet Lecture Series


For more information on the Jean Monnet Lecture Series, please click here.

Please contact Angela Kamara on if you would like to attend a lecture.


IPSE is running a seminar series specifically for PhD/EdD research students in Education at London Metropolitan University.

The seminars are intended to be an informal, non-threatening platform where research students can listen to two presentations about various aspects of doing doctoral research. Each presentation is intended to last approximately 20 minutes.

Ample time is factored in for Q&A/discussion following the presentations which allows space for students to reflect upon and make connections with their own research experiences and debate these in a supportive environment.

Participating and attending such events should be viewed as a vital and important part of any doctoral journey. Such events are hugely beneficial and help to alleviate the sense of isolation that can often accompany studying at this level.


7th October 2013

18th November 2013

13th January 2014

24th February 2014

28th April 2014

19th May 2014

Location:  Room GCG-09, North Campus

Day / time  Mondays: 5-6.30pm (to include time for chat over wine/refreshments/nibbles).

The presentations are intended to allow students the space to reflect upon different aspects and stages of doing doctoral research and to develop their ideas through sharing them.

Examples of previous seminar papers and ideas for future ones include:

  • Choosing research methods,
  • Devising a sampling strategy, 
  • Practicalities of going into the field,
  • Theoretical frameworks and tensions,
  • Doing life history interviewing and ethical dilemmas,
  • Undertaking qualitative analysis,
  • Reviewing literature and writing it up,
  • Putting pen to paper!: Writing the thesis

We would welcome other suggestions; these are meant as a guide and could be revisited.
We are looking for volunteers to present works in progress.
For more details or to offer a presentation please contact Dr. Jayne Osgood


For details of Previous IPSE Seminars, please click here.


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